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|“||You are such a kid.||„|
|~ Iris's infamous quote from the anime|
|“||Yay! Look out! I'm really, really strong, just like Drayden!||„|
|~ Iris, in Pokémon White, before leaving to Opelucid Gym|
Iris (Japanese: アイリス Iris) is a girl from the Unova region who is a former traveling companion of Ash. In the games, she is the eighth gym leader in Pokémon White, and the Champion in Pokémon Black 2 & White 2.
She is voiced by Aoi Yūuki in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Eileen Stevens in the English version of the anime.
Iris originally came from the Village of Dragon, and now she resides in Opelucid City. She was raised by Drayden as his adoptive granddaughter.
Black & White
Iris first appears in Pokémon Black & White. In both versions, she shows up in Castelia City to aid the player (Hilbert\Hilda), Burgh, and Bianca when Bianca's Munna is stolen; during this time, she acts as Bianca's bodyguard.
She later appears in Opelucid City alongside Drayden. She leads the player to Drayden's House. She and Drayden explain to the player about Reshiram and Zekrom. In Black, she will stay at Drayden's House, while in White, she will leave the house to be challenged at the Opelucid Gym.
In Black, she will teach Draco Meteor to the player's Dragon-type Pokémon if they have full friendship. She can be found on the first floor of Drayden's home in Opelucid City.
In White, she is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City's Gym. This Gym is the eighth to be challenged by the player. Trainers who defeat Iris will receive the Legend Badge, along with TM82 (Dragon Tail). She also reappears at N's Castle where she and the other Unova Gym Leaders hold off the Seven Sages. In the summer, she visits Cynthia at Undella Town, as do the other female Gym Leaders and Elite Four members. Prior to the events of Black 2 & White 2, she quit her job as the Gym Leader, giving it to Drayden instead.
Black 2 & White 2
In Black 2 and White 2, Iris first appears in Castelia City, helping the player (Nate\Rosa) look for Team Plasma. She later makes another appearance in Opelucid City, but leaves shortly after meeting the player. Iris's primary role in these games is finally revealed to be that of the new Champion, replacing Alder. After training extensively under Drayden, she battled and defeated Alder after he retired as Champion, gaining the title for herself. As a gift for her victory, Drayden gave her new clothes, replacing the clothes she wore in Black & White.
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
- Salamence (Rematch Challange)
- Axew → Fraxure → Haxorus ♂
- Drilbur → Excadrill ♂
- Emolga ♀
- Dragonite ♂
- Gible ♂
- Fraxure → Haxorus
- Iris is named after the Iris Flower which is native to Africa and North America.
- It was never explained if Iris is an orphan or if she has parents.
- Iris slightly resembles Zekrom, while Drayden resembles Reshiram.
- Similarly, you battle Drayden in Pokémon Black and Iris in Pokémon White, whereas you also capture Reshiram in Black and Zekrom in White.
- Iris and Clair are both eighth Gym Leaders in their region and they both use Dragon-type Pokémon. They are also both female.
- Iris, however, can only be battled for the Legend Badge in White, while Clair is battled for the Rising Badge in all Johto Games (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver).
- Her hair looks like an Emolga (also, she owns one in the anime).
- In Black 2 & White 2, when Iris first appears in Castelia City and when she meets the player in Opelucid City, she wears her civillian outfit, like in Black & White. However, when Iris is revealed to be the new champion of Unova, she wears her champion outfit, with a different hairstyle.
- As the champion, Iris seems to be dressed like a princess. In addition, her hairstyle resembles a Hydreigon.
- She is the second youngest Champion, as she is 12 years old. Only Blue Oak of Kanto is younger.
- In the anime, Iris is Ash's first female companion that didn't have a bike.
- Because of this, Iris stopped the running gag of getting the female companion's bike electrocuted by Pikachu.
- In the anime, Iris is the second of Ash's female companion who is a complete tomboy, first was Misty, and that excels in physical capabilities.
- Furthermore, she is the first female companion not to have any feelings for Ash.
- In the anime, Iris is the fourth female character to have glowing red eyes when she gets angry. The other three being Jessie, May, and Dawn. She is also the third female traveling companion of Ash to have glowing red eyes.
- In the manga, Iris came from Blackthorn City, which is the hometown of Clair, the eighth Gym Leader of Johto who use Dragon-Type Pokemon, the same type Iris uses in Pokémon White.
- In the anime, Iris is the first female character not to appear in the next anime series after her departure.
- In the anime, Iris resembles Misty in the Original Series, as they both argued with Ash, and their game counterparts are gym leaders.
- However, Misty returned in the Advanced Generations Series, and in the Sun & Moon Series, along with Brock, while Iris did not appear after she left Ash in the end of the Best Wishes Series.
- Also, Iris is the gym leader of Opelucid City only in Pokémon White, while Misty is the gym leader of Cerulean City in all Kanto and Johto games.
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